Your Roadmap to Richmond
The first year of college comes with new experiences, new people, and a lot of choices to make and things to explore. So what's the best way to navigate these changes and continue to excel academically?
Roadmap combines a pre-semester experience before orientation with monthly dinners and events during the academic year to help first-year students transition into the academic and social life of Richmond with greater success. Roadmap connects a student to a dedicated faculty member from the first day they arrive on campus; the faculty member not only teaches their short course during the pre-semester experience, but serves as a student's academic advisor until they declare a major their sophomore year.
During Roadmap students interact with faculty, staff, administrators, and upper-class students who will offer advice and help on a variety of topics through both the pre-semester experience and the academic year. These topics include:
- Understanding the power of a liberal arts education
- Developing work-life balance habits in college
- Effectively using academic support services
- Becoming a member of the University of Richmond community
- Becoming engaged in the surrounding community and city of Richmond
- Considering paths to careers and courses
Roadmap also allows for students to make bonds and form friendships with a smaller group of new students, before the rest of the first-year class moves in later that week. Past Roadmappers regularly tell us that the friends they make during Roadmap remain their friends during the first-year and help make the transition to Orientation and the school year easier.